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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

We LOVE Istanbul!

Aloha Everyone,

Istanbul with all its challenges is one of the most interesting, beautiful and magnificent cities in the world. Istanbul is complex. The more you dig into its history and culture, the more you are left with questions. J.J. and I are actually reluctant to leave. The two of us will truly miss our daily walks, the hustle and bustle of the city juxtaposed with quiet peace and serenity, and calls of Kazan (prayers) through loudspeakers by Imams. Istanbul is a blend of Europe and Asia.

“Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeological, diplomat and merchants, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner scream with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.”
- Edmonds De Amicis - Italian Novelist

“If the earth was a single State, Istanbul would be the capital.”
- NapoleĆ³n Bonaparte - French Emperor

“All other cities are doomed but imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist.”
- Petrie Cyllius, French architect, topographer and translator

“Istanbul the constant beauty of the wave of the East against the rock of the West.”
 - Susan Moody, Novelist

Aloha -- Cathi